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12/02/02

Walthourville Volunteer Fire Department Update

We have some good news to update a story we first brought you two weeks ago. Fire Captain Shawn Smith is no longer dreading an emergency call. Someone stole Walthourville Fire Department's Jaws of Life and other lifesaving gear. Now the team is using loaner gear from the manufacturer, if they're called to a wreck or entrapment.

"It'll cut reinforced concrete or anything you want it to cut," said Smith. "Between this and the Great White and the spreader, we can take a car apart in no time at all."

The same weekend the fire station was robbed, someone stole a storage trailer from a nearby business. Firefighters figure the crooks backed it into their bay, loaded up the gear and took off. Since the theft, they've relied on neighboring fire stations for backup and thankfully they haven't faced a crisis that required the gear. Now have it ready at hand should they or any Liberty County residents need it.

"We just want to make sure our citizens are safe and now we feel they are," Smith said.

Smith says he still can't believe someone would steal the very pieces used to save lives. He's just glad they're not unarmed anymore. The Walthourville Volunteer Fire Department is still offering a reward for information about their stolen equipment. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call WFD at 368-6260 or Assistant Chief Thomas Hines at 657-6568.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

 

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